Department of Political Science

Political Science students looking over faculty publications

Why Major in Political Science?

The mission of the Department of Political Science is to foster critical, independent thinking about politics and public policy.  Majors will become conscious of the many complex ways in which political forces - both domestic and global - shape their lives.

Coursework in political science provides the opportunity for in-depth study of the distribution, maintenance and legitimization of political control.  This enables students to identify, analyze and critically interrogate relations of power and governance.  Students will understand the political processes that form public polices and impact citizens, as well as the political culture that allows citizens to change the ways in which those processes function.

Political Science Career Paths:

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Policy Development and Implementation
  • Business
  • Teaching
  • Work in Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations

Two Different Degrees: A Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science in Political Science?

The BA degree requirements are below.

2015-2016 Political Science BA Degree Plan


For more information contact:

Dr. Pauly at or Dr. Lansford.